New Archaeology Fund

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Science  02 Jun 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5778, pp. 1293b
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5778.1293b

A new grants program for young archaeologists in Indonesia and East Timor has made its first awards, notwithstanding the current devastation and turmoil in the archipelago. A three-person team from Makassar, Indonesia, and an archaeologist from Yogyakarta, the ancient city near the recent quake's epicenter, will each receive $3800 for prehistory research from the Anthony F. Granucci Fund. The fund is endowed from the estate of the late lawyer, who had a passion for Indonesian culture.

“Most students [in the region] are forced to work on government-sponsored projects designed by someone else,” says archaeologist John Miksic of the National University of Singapore. He says the grants “should lead to a lot more innovative research topics and strategies” by encouraging students to pursue their own ideas.

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